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'aaj mausam hai suhana...
Laad governor se baath karne bahana...
what the!! what the!! what the!!!'
The Raizada Mansion echoed with a cheerful lady's voice who was enthusiastically spreading butter on the toasted bread as per her husband likes.
Om Prakash, a servant of the mansion, felt bad for the lady before him and sent a quick prayer to the lady's favorite Goddess to bring everything back to normal. His heart ached to see the chirpy girl living like this.
Any outsider when listened to his prayer might be confused with his last sentence but when the reason for his statement is known, then, just like him, the person will feel sympathy for the young girl whose busy in her chores and singing happily. If only they knew, Khushi's happiness left her long back and she is living in her dreamworld with her real happiness.
A beautiful lady came to her limping slightly. 'Khushiji...', she was cut off by the person who she called. 'Di.. aap? Ayiye... Dekhiye na inhe abhi tak mujhe phone nahi kiya hai... Isko pata haina main har roz iss wakt intezaar karoongi usne baat karne ke liye. ' complained Khushi while still buttering the toast.
(Di... You? Come... See he hasn't called yet. He knows right that everyday, I will be waiting for his call at this time.')
Anjali swallowed a lump with difficulty and then, said, 'Khushiji, aap chinta maat kijiye. Chotte baat kiya mujhse, jab aap subah so rahi thi. Ye baataya ki unko kuch zaroori kaam hai abhi aur iss waqt apse baat nahi kar pa rahre. Apke saath raat baat karega.'
(Khushiji, don't worry. He called me when you are asleep in the morning. He said he has some important work and can't talk you now. He will talk with you tonight.')
Hearing Anjali, Khushi's face became small. In a low voice, she said, 'Arnavji ab hume phone nahi karne wala hai?'
('Arnavji will not be calling me now?')
All Anjali could do was to merely nod her head and quickly sat down to hide her eyes which might get overfilled anytime with tears from her Bhabhi. Consoling herself, that he might really busy, Khushi continued, 'Unhe hume call kar lijiye di... mein unse baat karthi aur dekh lijiye hum unse kitna dat lenge ki wo dobara aisa nahi karega.'
(Let him call me Di. I won't talk with him and you see, I will scold him so much that he will never ever do like this again.)
'Aaj mausam hai suhana...'
She continued with singing and the chore.
'Any information Aman? Hmmm... theek hai. Ask them to continue with their work. What happen to Singhanias Deal? Is everything ready for today's meet? Ok, I will be there in an hour.' Akash reached the stairs as soon as he was before the dining table. He removed the bluetooth from his ears.
Seeing Khushi, he greeted her. 'Good Morning Khushiji. How are you?'
'Jijaji, apko bhi shubhadin. Hum theek hain. Acha mujhe ye baatayiye, aap kabse laad governor ke Part 2 bangaya hai.', said Khushi with clear hint of mischief in her voice.
('Jijaji, Good Morning to you too. First tell me this. When did you become Laad Governor Part 2?')
'What are you saying Khushiji?', questioned Anjali.
'Varna kya di. Jijaji bhi, nila daant se Aman ji ko thang kar rahe hai, uss laad governor ki tarah. unka jagah ye poori kar rahe hai. Bechara Amanji, ye dono unhe kitna kaam karvate hai', complained Khushi.
('If not, what di?Jijaji is also ordering Amanji from his bluetooth, like that laad governor. He is filling his place. Poor Amanji, how much work these two are making to do?')
Akash and Anjali shared a look conveying their sadness in seeing Khushi like this. Turning to Khushi, he gave a small smile to her.
'Aisa kuch nahi hai Khushiji. Theek hai, ab hume jana hoga. Bye Di, Bye Khushiji.'
('Nothing like that Khushiji. Ok, I have to leave now. Bye Di. Bye Khushiji.')
'Arre ye kya hai? Agar Jiji ghar par nahi toh, mein kya apko aise bina nastha karne chodungi. Aap phirse, dikha raha hai, aap doosra laad governor bangaya hai.'
('Arre. What is this? If Jiji is not there at home, do you think I'll leave you without eating your breakfast. You are again showing you are another Laad Governor.')
'Pehale aap nastha kijiye.', She ordered him. ('First have your breakfast.')
Not wanting her to see sad, he sat down and quickly ate few bites and two gulps of juice and left for AR. Seeing, Akash leaving, the person sitting before the deity in the home temple, remembered his brother and her chotte. Oh, how much she miss him? If only they knew, where he is?
'Nani, at least aap di ko boliye, mera picha maat padne ka. I have to leave for this meet immediately. Di mujhe jane nahi de rahi hai.'
('Nani, at least you tell di to come behind me. I have to leave for this meet immediately. Di is not allowing me to go.')
'Kya hua Anjali Bitiya? Aap Chotte ko kyun pareshan kar rahi ho?'
('What happened Anjali? Why are you disturbing him?')
'Nani! Aap bhi na. Pehale Chotte ko nastha karne ke liye kahi hai. Uske baad wo kahi hi jasaktha hai.', replied Anjali who was very irritated with her Brother's act of ignoring his health.
('Nani, you too. first, Tell chotte to eat his breakfast. After that he can go wherever he wants.')
'Chotte, wo theek keh rahi hai. Aap apke swasth se na keliye.'
('Chotte, She is right. You don't play with your health.')
Knowing that he is fighting a lost battle, he allowed himself to lose the battle. He sighed and sat down for the breakfast.
'Ok Di, make it quick.' He grabbed a toast and had few bites, then, gulped down the juice and rushed out.
Nani felt someone wiping her damp cheeks and looked at the source only to find Khushi there.
'Naniji, kya hua? Aapke ankhon mein ye aasoon?', said a worried Khushi who by now knelt the wheel chair Nani was sitting in.
('Nani what happened? Tears in your eyes.')
'ubbb...burrr..' Nani tried to convey something but couldn't as her nervous system didn't help her much in her paralyzed state. Finally, giving up, she shook her head saying Nothing.
'Naniji, aap jaldi theek ho jayegi. Devi maiya ke kripa se aap phir se chalegi. Chalne kya, aap nachathe bhi hai. Aab ye sab chodiye, pehale hume aashirwaad kari ye. Aaj abhi thak nahi kiya apne.'
('Naniji, you will be alright soon. With Devi maiya's blessing, you will start walking again. Why walking, you will dance also. Now leave all this, first bless me. Today you have not yet blessed me.')
Khushi took Naniji's limp hand and kept it on her head. By this gesture of Khushi, Nani smiled inspite of the gloomness in their lives. Khushi then, strolled Nani's Wheelchair to the garden in the front of the mansion for spending sometime in the fresh air.
'Aman, ask Di, to come to my cabin now.', ordered Akash in the telecom. Soon Anjali came to his cabin.
'Yes, Akash why did you call me?'
'Di, pehale aap baitiye. Aapse Kuch batana hai.'
('Di you first sit. I have to tell you something.')
Sitting down Anjali said,'Ya, ab batao.'
('Ya, tell me now.')
'Di...', hesitated Akash but after a moment's pause , he continued. '...Di, I wanted tell you this before, but I couldn't with all the things happening around us...'
'What is it Akash?', questioned Anjali, who was anxious about what she will be hearing. So much happened in their lives, changing everything with very little span of time. She was scared to hear something that will worsen their condition.
'Di... I have doubts... Doubts regarding the flight which went missing.' said Akash anticipating her reaction.
'What doubts akash?', whispered Anjali trying to not choke on her words but failing miserably.
Taking a deep breathe, he took Anjali's hand and kneeling before her, he continued, 'Di... I feel there is something missing in the entire thing. I don't know what it is but I am sure somewhere something is wrong. I can't figure it now but soon I will. I just wanted to let you know this. I have hired an investigator for this. Did I do anything wrong? I want you to be with me in this.'
Silence prevailed the room. Anjali squeezed his hand assuring him of her support and left to her cabin for completing the pending work.
Finally, after three hours of typing, I completed it.
I found few silent readers in my list and when I asked them why they are not commenting, some said they can't comment due to personal reasons and they will Pm me their Views but others replied me that they are Liking the update won't it be enough.
My answer is No, it is not enough. I am taking efforts to type the update and send you PMS and you guys can't even tell me how is it? If this is how you want to be, then, fine I will stop , I repeat, I will stop writing.
So, Don't ask me for updates until you guys comment.
I even noticed some of you not even opening my PMs, in that case I will delete them from my list.